The hills surrounding the town of Mosier are on fire....
It's about 37 miles away from where I live. The lady who cuts my hair and I drove to The Dalles to do some errands and passed it by.
I almost got a great shot of the helicopter with their big water buckets dumping, but the smoke kept swallowing them whole.
It reminded me of our forest fire about five years ago.
Camping out in the car after being evacuated.
I had a smoke smell in my sinuses for days.
They used Mi-Mis like these above to douse the fire with water from the Columbia and to drop retardants.
This is across the street from where I live. It was right here... right at this very spot on the other side of a two lane road that they stopped the fire. My house, though you cannot see it here, is just to your left. Two lanes of pavement away. It blows my mind how close that fire came to eating everything I own.
Our fire department is completely volunteer. They did a hell of a job with help from fire departments from all over Oregon and Washington. Just as they are doing right now, up river in Mosier.
Amazing men and women.
What else would you use for a forest fire on a great river like the Columbia?